Every year on November 14, we light up The Polyclinic Madison Center in honor of World Diabetes Day (WDD). The goal is to raise awareness for the growing health concerns posed by diabetes. This year the theme for World Diabetes Day is "Diabetes: Protect Your Family” and the campaign aims to:
- Raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected.
- Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes.
Facts about Diabetes
- More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it. The number is 425 million people in the world.
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States (and may be underreported).
- Every 8 seconds someone dies from diabetes.
- People with diabetes are up to three times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
- Kidney failure is ten times more common in people with diabetes.
- Women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.
- 1 in 3 people with diabetes will develop some form of vision loss during their lifetime.
What can we do to change this?
Access to essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information are key ways to manage diabetes outcomes.
At The Polyclinic, our Diabetes Education and Nutrition department can help people learn how to stay healthy with diabetes for a lifetime. For World Diabetes Day, our certified diabetes educators hosted events at The Polyclinic Madison Center and Northgate Plaza locations to teach our employees and patients about diabetes, preventative care, and ways to eat and live healthier.